Repair or Buy New

DanLM2004DanLM2004 Member Posts: 3
edited July 2019 in Honda
Hey All,

I have a 2004 Honda Accord EX Sedan 4c with 101,000 miles. I spent $1600 on an alternator already this year. Now it needs to following repairs worth $4800. These are dealer prices but I'm thinking it would still cost at least $3000 with another shop. Trade in value (KBB) is around $2000.
Is it worth the repairs or should I sell. More than the mileage it seems to be the age of the car?

AC Condenser Replacement: LEAK FOUND AT FRONT OF A/C CONDENSER AND NEEDS TO
BE REPLACED AND PERFORM EVACUATE AND RECHARGE SERVICE 1022.40
AC Discharge Hose: A/C DISCHARGE HOSE FROM COMPRESSOR TO CONDENSER IS
LEAKING AND NEEDS TO BE REPLACED 380.00
[Primary]: AIR : STATE INSPECTION: CHECK & SET TIRE PRESSURE PSI: LF_RF_LR_RR_

Brake Fluid Exchange: BRAKE FLUID DUE. FLUID IS DISCOLORED 119.95
Coolant Fluid Exchange - 4 cyl: COOLANT DUE FOR REPLACEMENT 99.99
Boots - Ball Joint Front Lower: FRONT DRIVER SIDE LOWER BALL JOINT BOOT LEAKING
GREASE AND NEEDS TO BE REPLACED 247.00
Sway Bar Links - Front: FRONT DRIVER SIDE STABILIZER END LINK BOOTS TORN AND NEEDS
TO BE REPLACED 150.00
Sway Bar Links - Rear: DRIVER SIDE REAR STABILIZER END LINK BOOTS TORN AND NEED TO
BE REPLACED 156.00
Steering Gearbox Replacement: LEAK FOUND AT RACK AND PINION AND NEEDS TO BE
REPLACED 2307.80
Total $4,805

Comments

  • DanLM2004DanLM2004 Member Posts: 3
    edited July 2019
    Repair or spend the money on buying a new car
  • kyfdxkyfdx Moderator Posts: 207,907
    DanLM2004 said:

    Repair or spend the money on buying a new car

    From that list, it seems that the car hasn't had much maintenance completed over it's lifetime.

    $1400 for A/C and $2300 for a new steering rack?

    I think I'd dump it for whatever I could get, rather than spend $3700 on it for those two items. No benefit in the low miles, if it has that many needs. 15 years old.

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  • DanLM2004DanLM2004 Member Posts: 3
    Yeah those two are the big items but that is the dealer price. Another shop would be able to do it for $1100 for those two items. ($700 + $400) including parts and labor.
    The rest are just routine maintenance items.
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